Sunday, June 1, 2014

STOP the Bully, by Karen Tyrrell

Today I welcome Karen Tyrrell on the first stop in her STOP the Bully tour. Karen is an Aussie author who cares passionately about mental health and family well-being. STOP the Bully is a lively, well-paced story for mid-grade readers. Best of all, it's not only an "issues" book. The characters are people we come to care about.

To prepare for Karen's virtual visit, I asked her some questions about Stop the Bully.
Q. Brian is a somewhat unusual name for a 21st Century child. How did you come to choose it for your main character?

A. Brian is an old fashioned kid with old fashioned morals. I named him Brian from the very inception and it just stuck.

Q. There’s an interesting twist in the book. I won’t give it away, but here’s a question; did you begin with the twist in mind or did it come up later?

A. The twist idea and the ending came first for me. Then I wrote the story backwards, giving clues to the mystery, making sure the twist would only be revealed in the final chapter.

Q. STOP the Bully has an arresting and powerful cover design. (See below.) Could you tell us a bit about that?

A. I wanted a cover to be provocative, eye-catching and a tiny bit controversial. So, the teacher or parent would ask the class, what do you think the story is about?  Are the characters assertive or aggressive? In reality, the cover depicts two different scenes where Amelia in one scene and Brian in another, save a bullying victim from the bully.

Q. STOP the Bully seems to me to be an excellent book for classroom read-aloud. Is that the way you envisage it being used, or is it more of a novel that just happens to have this particular subject matter?

A. YES, I envisage teachers reading a chapter or two each day leaving the kids wanting to hear more. (Fingers crossed). I would love children to be hooked in until the very end when Brian’s story is solved and resolved. STOP the Bully is perfect for spring-boarding discussions on bullying strategies and resilience.

 Thanks Karen! Read on for more on this brand new book.

STOP the Bully, by Karen Tyrrell
Want to follow the tour for a chance to win a prize? 

STOP the Bully Blog Tour & Book Give Away
Empower KIDs with assertive anti-bullying strategies!
WIN: Signed copies and eCopies of STOP the Bully.
Leave a comment on any of the 15 hops June 2- 11
The MORE comments you leave the MORE chances you WIN.
WINNERS announced on June 16 http://

Blog Tour June 2-11
2 June STOP the Bully Release Party & Reviews http://
             Sally Odgers Interview
3 June Jill Smith Review
            Charmaine Clancy Interview
4 June  Sally Murphy QUICK Questions
5 June Melissa Wray Interview
            Yvonne Mes Interview
6 June Ali Stegert Interview
7 June Kids Book Review CURLY Questions
9 June Bug in a Book Review
            Jackie Hosking Interview
10 June June Perkins Interview
           Robyn Parnell Interview
11 June Nicky Johnson Review
              Literati Radio Interview 9am AEST

STOP the Bully is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter, Australian curriculum.
Download FREE children's activities and FREE teacher notes from
ISBN: 9780987274069
STOP the Bully is now available from Amazon.


Karen Tyrrell said...

Congrats Sally,
Thanks for being my brilliant editor and being fist HOP on STOP the Bully Blog HOP.
I just LOVED your questions. They showed how you had a deep understanding of STOP the Bully and really "got" what it was all about. I'll be here to answer any questions from your readers who drop by ... Karen :)

Dale said...

Congrats Karen for tackling another important topic in what sounds fun way. Thanks for the interview Sally and Karen.

Karen Tyrrell said...

Hi Dale,
Thanks for the supportive comment. There are Fun elements, humour and mystery throughout the story to be appealing to children.
But underlying it all is a serious message of prevention and resilience
... Karen :)

Sally_Odgers said...

It's not often an "issue" book has a really masterful twist. This one does!

Kaye Baillie said...

Great questions, Sally. Stop the Bully looks like a terrific book, Karen. Congratulations.

Karen Tyrrell said...

Hi Kaye, Thanks for your supportive comment on STOP the Bully ... Good luck in the comp ... Karen :)

Cecilia said...

well done Karen, we can all do with a little help to Stop the bullying and build resilient kids.

Karen Tyrrell said...

Thanks Ceclia,
for leaving your 4th comment on my Blog Tour.
Really appreciate your kind support... Karen :)

Brenda Perlin said...

I appreciate what you are doing Karen. I too have a bully book that is coming out in July. Ty the Bull. Tackles the difficult issues of bullies and divorce.

You are going to make a difference in children's lives. That is a wonderful thing.


Brenda Perlin

Karen Tyrrell said...

Hi Brenda,
Thanks for supporting STOP the Bully. Really appreciate your review on Goodreads and Amazon. Thanks for dropping by with a comment :)
PS Good luck with Ty the bull.

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